Books I’m Not Interested In Reading

I am struggling to find inspiration for posts at this moment, for a whole number of reasons, but I was scrolling through youtube earlier and saw multiple videos along these lines… I thought it’d be fun to do my own. If you love these books, I apologise! You are more than welcome to love them and rave about them to me, I just personally have no interest in reading them myself.

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Anything by Richard Yates

I loathed Revolutionary Road – I only finished it because I had to for school. It was horrific in so many ways I just can’t make myself read anything else by the same author.

How To Build a Girl – Caitlin Moran

This is one of the few books that I have consciously DNF’d. It wasn’t for me.

Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Controversial, I know. I’m not really interested in science fiction generally anyway, and I was reading a little bit Sasha had shared on her Instagram story (I think), and the writing is just… not great.

Anything by Stephen King

I’m scared of my own shadow and so would have no hope with Stephen King.

A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

I’m not really a fan of high fantasy, and these books are massive.

The Bronze Horseman – Paullina Simons

I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, but the bad aspects definitely outweigh the good.

The Divergent Series – Veronica Roth

It’s been out such a long time now, and I’ve never particularly wanted to read it.

If you love these books / authors, honestly that’s great! I’m not going to blab on about disclaimers etc. I’d like to think everyone can have their different opinions and share them in a nice manner. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my list!

 

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What I Am Currently Reading

I have so many books on the go at the moment, especially on Goodreads, far too many… I like having multiple books on the go, but it is getting a tad ridiculous now! My aim is to shorten the list this year… we hope!

These are the books I currently have on the go:

  • There But For The – Ali Smith
  • Hawthorn and Child – Keith Ridgway
  • Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare
  • Richard II – William Shakespeare
  • Evening Primrose – Kopano Matlwa
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Sunshine – Melissa Lee-Houghton
  • American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  • The Divine Comedy – Dante
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

Believe it or not, there are more listed as ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads, but I’m not really. I haven’t picked them up in ages and I don’t really intend to. I mean, some of those in the above list I haven’t picked up in a while and won’t for a while yet (my copy of The Divine Comedy is at home so I definitely won’t read any until Easter at the earliest) but I have good intentions. I’m sure there are other too that I have started and not added to Goodreads, and hence forgotten I have started!

What are you currently reading? Do you prefer to read one book at a time or have more than one (maybe not as many as me because my list is a bit too long to be honest!)?

My Favourite Social Media Platforms

I love social media and spend way too much time on it! I feel like the bookish community is so contradictory sometimes though, pushing positivity and at the same time being negative and pulling others down.

I love reading negative reviews waaaaaay too much, even for books I love, and I definitely don’t mean ‘negativity’ in the form of reviews – more shaming other people for one reason or another. But enough of that, I just wanted to clear up what I meant. I actually want to talk about why I love social media so much.

Pretty pictures

Instagram is one of my favourite platforms; I can scroll through pretty photos, like them easily, and not have to read the captions or comments. It’s actually a fairly positive place too, from my experience. There are some incredible photographers with accounts on there, and I love to find new recommendations from them. I’m a sucker for the stories, and will happily sit watching through them all. I know some people aren’t so keen, but I definitely am!

New connections

Twitter is my most used platform, probably. I spend far too much time on it, especially when I should be doing something productive. The only downside is that I see a lot of arguing on there – usually political – and whilst I really don’t want to read it in certain moments, I don’t like to silence certain terms because I may be able to learn from someone tweeting about an issue. Those arguments usually come through people I have randomly followed though – not the bookish community! I see a lot of love on Twitter, and people supporting one another, and I genuinely love that. I love the random bookish conversations with people every once in a while.

Reviews and recommendations

Goodreads is such a wonderful site. I love having somewhere to keep track of my reading and I use it as a bible now when book shopping, looking at the average rating if I’m unsure about a book, and often reading some of the reviews. I’m also super nosy, and enjoy seeing what other people are reading. Plus the reading challenge is a bit of motivation! Even if I’m already behind…

What are your favourite platforms? And your accounts? Or maybe you don’t like these ones? I’d love to hear your thoughts!📚

Things That Are Different This Semester

I’m barely two weeks into this semester and for some reason, I’m finding it a lot harder than the last. I thought I’d make a list of some things that are different this time around, both good and bad, to think about it. I desperately wanted to come to uni and wouldn’t change it for anything, but that doesn’t mean it’s always a walk in the park.

  1. I’m desperately homesick. I’ve never been as homesick before, yes, I’ve missed my dogs and family but now I want to be with them all the time.
  2. I have grades now that count towards my degree (they’re good, but that doesn’t mean I’m entirely happy with them, as I worked so hard for them and completely burned myself out).
  3. I’ve realised how beneficial exercise is. Even half an hour walking offers me a reprieve and a time when I don’t think about anything at all except walking (unless I’m listening to an audiobook). Same for the gym.
  4. I have to actually make life decisions.
  5. I need to plan work experience.
  6. I’m going to write more poetry!
  7. I’m struggling to get motivated, maybe because of the grades, maybe the homesickness, I’m not sure. Last semester I was well ahead of the game for quite a few weeks.
  8. I’m trying to read books for myself and not just for uni.

Do you find that every semester brings new changes and challenges? Each time, something has changed, good and bad. I enjoy the change, most of the time, and I’ll get myself together eventually and enjoy this semester no doubt. Especially writing poetry; I haven’t written much for a while now, and I can’t wait to be writing it again!

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Throwback to summer with this picture. I miss these two SO much (but that hasn’t changed a bit).

The Bookish Naughty List Tag!

Okay, so I believe that this is Christmas related but I wasn’t keeping up with tags at that point (not that I’m doing well at keeping up with them now), but it looks fun, so never mind.

Thank you to Hannah for tagging me to do this!💕 I have to tick which ones I am guilty of, and put it this way, I’m not feeling optimistic… oops.

  • Received an ARC and not reviewed it ✅
    • Many… oops.
  • Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ✅
    • See above. It’s rising with all the blogging I’ve done recently, but it’s still a way away from 60%.
  • Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
    • I’ve only just started to review on Goodreads, and the blog usually takes priority so I can’t say I’ve done this!
  • Folded down the page of a book ✅
    • Years ago, but I don’t now… Now the thought makes me shudder slightly – bookmarks for the win, whatever that bookmark may be.😂
  • Accidentally spilled on a book ✅
    • Holidays. Books by the pool don’t mix… Especially when there are children around – absolutely not (to the children and the damaged book😂)
  • DNF a book this year✅
    • I finally decided that I was never going to be picking up How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran – I just really couldn’t get into it.
  • Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
    • I buy pretty books with good intentions to read them, though I can’t say I get to them quickly…
  • Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)✅ 
    • Of course.
  • Skim read a book✅
    • A lot of uni books… too many.
  • Completely missed your Goodreads goal
    • I mean I beat it by 6 books in 2017, after raising it fairly early on in the year from 25 to 75!
  • Borrowed a book and not returned it 

    • Nope😇
  • Broke a book buying ban✅
    • Yep. Far too many times. My bank account hates me😭
  • Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about✅
    • I’m putting this post up today as I’m putting off writing a review for a book I can’t remember…
  • Wrote in a book you were reading✅
    • Do ebooks count? Because I definitely did last semester, but I feel like I did a while back too in physical books.
  • Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
    • I don’t think so, chapters from criticism / journals but nothing that I could add realistically.

Not too bad, I suppose. Plenty to work on this year I think!

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2018 Releases I’m Excited About​

All of the release dates are all from Amazon unless otherwise stated!

  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner – Lianne Oelke

This book is honestly so fantastic and I’d highly recommend it – you can read my review here.

Released: 9th January

  • Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed

This book looks wonderful, and I will be getting to it very shortly as I received a copy via Netgalley a few days ago!

Released: 16th January

  • I am Thunder – Muhammad Khan

This is about religion (I think – it’s what I grasped from the synopsis on Netgalley but I may be wrong). It looks so good!

Released: 25th January

  • Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard

I have loved all of the other books by Sara Barnard, and I cannot wait to read this one!

Released: 8th February

  • Piecing Me Together – Renée Watson

Another powerful looking book that I don’t know much about, but I know it talks about racism and I want to read it!

Released: 8th February

  • The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven

I’ve started reading this, as I was lucky enough to get an arc at YALC, and it’s so so good! The only reason I haven’t finished it is because it clashed with my writing project.

Released: 8th March

  • Tyler Johnson Was Here – Jay Coles

I don’t know much about this, but the synopsis looks so good (and important), so I want to pick it up!

Released: 20th March

  • The Astonishing Colour of After – Emily X. R. Pan

Again, I’m not too sure what it’s about, but it’s about a character struggling with her mother’s suicide and apparently, it is diverse (or so I hope, anyway!).

Released: 22nd March

  • Clean – Juno Dawson

I haven’t read a book with a main character facing addiction, so I can’t wait to read this. I have an early copy which I am desperate to read once my uni reading has been started!

Released: 5th April

  • The Poet X –  Elizabeth Acevedo

I know it includes slam poetry, though as for the rest I’m not sure – I’ve just heard a lot of good things!

Released: 3rd May

  • On The Come Up – Angie Thomas

I loved loved loved The Hate U Give and cannot wait to read this!

Released: 7th June

  • A Thousand Perfect Notes – C. G. Drews

This honestly looks incredible. I follow the author on social media and I’m ready to preorder it as soon as I know which address I’ll be at on its release date!

Released: 7th June

  • Lost – P.C. and Kristin Cast

This is the sequel to Loved, which is the beginning of a new series that later follows the House of Night series. I love these books – rereading them now I see they’re not the best written, but they’re sentimental and I love them regardless.

Released: 10th July

  • Floored – Various Authors

So many of my favourite YA writers have contributed to this…

Released: 12th July

  • Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft – Various Authors

Witchcraft. Enough said.

Released: 28th August

  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones is an all-time favourite. I am beyond excited.

Expected publication: August

What new releases are you looking forward to?☺️📚

Goals For This Semester

It’s a new semester, which means three new modules, new choices and new experiences. I’ve learned a lot so far in my uni experience, and I want to continue to work on many of these lessons. I’ve made a few goals after last semester, so we’ll see how they go.

  1. Manage my time better and procrastinate less.
  2. Look after myself – take time out to read what I want to read, work on my blog, write, go to the gym, go for a walk, spend time with friends etc. I spent so much time working last semester I burnt myself out completely. My mind was all over the place, and I want to *try* and improve this.
  3. Meditate at least once or twice a week (I guess this links to the above, but it’s more specific).
  4. Eat more healthily, as it makes me feel better.
  5. Get a plan for the rest of my uni career – decide what dissertation I want to do, what masters to apply for, and sort some work experience.

There are many other things that I want to improve on through the coming semester, but  I have to narrow it down somehow or I’ll just have a list of things that I’ll never achieve because I’ll feel so overwhelmed!

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Have this cute picture of some seals I saw on a trip with my housemates. They were adorable (the seals, that is)!